Friday, July 28, 2017. 19:53GMT
A Direct Reply To The Igwe Of Onitsha Concerning  Anambra Election Boycott

 The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Thursday said that in as much as it respects the Biafran elders and traditional title holders in Biafra land who are making different comments over its decision to boycott elections in Biafra land starting with Anambra state governorship election, unless it is given a date for Biafra referendum, it cannot be intimidated by such elders and traditional title holders, neither will they set agenda for IPOB.

IPOB in a statement signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, replying the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, who was quoted to have said that "IPOB has no right to stop election in Anambra State", when the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Anambra State chapter, paid him a courtesy visit, said Biafra elders and traditional title holders, including the Obi of Onitsha, are entitled to their opinion.

According to IPOB statement, "IPOB is a well-known peace loving people around the globe which have not been involved in violent activities in Nigeria, but have been violently attacked by the Hausa/Fulani dominated security apparatus in Nigeria, who derive joy in killing the innocent people of IPOB."

"We respect our elders and traditional title holders, like Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha and others who are making different statements regarding the IPOB decision to boycott elections in Biafra land starting from Anambra state election unless they give us a date for Biafra restoration.

"We believe they are entitled to their opinion but they cannot intimidate or set agenda for IPOB members from carrying out our decision. And they should know that they are human beings and cannot challenge IPOB worldwide.

"However, anybody who wants to come out and vote is free, but IPOB will not stop to fulfil the promise of boycotting the Anambra State Governorship election, come November 18, 2017, and we promise Igwe Achebe to come out and vote. We do appeal to the conscience of our people only with the truth and superior argument and not by force, unlike the Nigeria politicians that lie, deceive, intimidate and bribe people into submission ".

"IPOB will prove its formidability to Igwe Achebe and his likes on that very particular day that we are not Nigeria politicians and we are not playing politics with Biafra restoration project because Biafra independence is the future of our children and unborn children.

The Onitsha monarch was quoted to have warned that IPOB has no right to stop election in Anambra State when members of Ohaneze Ndigbo in the state visited him, insisting that election must hold as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the state, urging the people of the state to come out en mass to cast their votes for their choice candidates without any fear of intimidation and harassment.

The issue is that people should be allowed to execute their rights of abstaining from voting. Moreover, it is absurd that the traditional ruler -Igwe Achebe kept mute when peaceful Biafrans were massacred at Onitsha by the Nigeria military. IPOB has been suffering much injustice from the Nigeria security agents and he never uttered any statement of condemnation. Why is he agitated when we want to peacefully abstain from voting and stay at our homes on the 18th of November because it is our right?

Any good leader listens to his people and the people have made up their minds not to vote in the coming elections unless a date for Biafra referendum is given. Why would people be intimidated and forced to vote?

The Igwe Achebe ignorantly added that  "the election is for us not for the entire country, you cannot have a referendum in one part of the country without carrying other parts of the country along, and the government must support and sponsor it before it will be organized and not carve out some parts of the country for the referendum."

The Igwe has forgotten that the Scotish referendum was organised solely for the Scottish people and not the whole of the UK. Also, the Catalonians are seeking for a referendum for only their people and not the whole of Spain.

 The IPOB has maintained that they are not participating in any election without any date for a referendum. If the Igwe Achebe wishes, let only him and his family go and vote on that election day.

News blogged by Jonas Rafael
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